Is a coworker you know about to celebrate their first year of service with a company, but you aren’t sure what to say about it? Here are more than 101 congratulatory email messages and quotes you can send to recognize this significant milestone.

These one year work anniversary example messages will make the biggest impact when customized to mention specific achievements of the employee. Is the employee an unrelenting advocate for the customer? Do they know how to crunch the numbers with pivot tables inside spreadsheets? Make sure you mention the exact things that make a coworker unique so the message is authentic and impactful.

Here are some work anniversary messages and quotes you can send by email or handwritten note. Let’s celebrate 12 months on the job.

Congratulate your colleagues on one year of service with the company.

Short 1 Year Work Anniversary Message Examples

  • I heard you just turned one year old at work. Let’s celebration time well spent.
  • You’ve proved me right over the last 12 months. You were a fantastic hire for the organization.
  • Over the last year, you’ve dug deep into the operations of the business. With this complex understanding under your belt, you are well positioned to fly this year.
  • You dove head first into the operations of the kitchen on your first day. You must have researched the menu and processes during your off time to pick everything up so fast. I look forward to the next 12 months with you at our restaurant.
  • You made significant accomplishments in year one. You optimized our hiring process with HR, met quarterly goals, and established relationships with folks in operations and finance. Year one positioned you to thrive in this organization.
  • I’ve seen 12 months of success from you. What’s going to happen next?
  • I hope you continue down the path of excellence for many years to come. I’m rooting for you.
  • You demonstrated the recipe for success in year one of your role. You grasped an understanding of our internal processes / software stack and joined some committees that I truly believe will make a difference on our bottom line next year.

Wish your coworker happy 1 year anniversary on Zoom.

1 Year Work Anniversary Message Examples

Here are a few long-form work anniversary messages you can send that express appreciation for a job well done.

Today is the day that marks one year of dedicated work for {EMPLOYER}. It’s time to feel proud, honored, and grateful for your hard work. Thank you so much for being an integral part of our company.

It’s hard to believe that it has already been a year since you joined our team! This past 12 months have flown by, and we would like to take this time to thank you for all your hard work. We wish there were more hours in the day so that we could get everything done – but alas, that is not the case. You’ve accomplished some great things in this past year: You helped us grow our social media following by 25%.

It’s been an amazing year and we all want to thank you for your hard work and dedication. You’ve made a huge contribution to the company and it has really paid off! From the bottom of our hearts, congratulations on your one-year anniversary with us! We can’t wait to see what you do in year two.

You’ve been with the company for 12 months. Now’s the time to celebrate all your achievements and look ahead to the future. After a year of hard work, you deserve it! We’re proud of what we accomplished together this last year.

We hope that these past 12 months have been as valuable for you as they were for us. Here is what we learned in our first year with you: 1) You can’t go wrong with an ice cream cake on your birthday. 2) You’re one of the most creative bakers we’ve ever seen. 3) It’s high time we recognized you.

You’ve been with the company for 12 months. Now’s the time to celebrate all your achievements and look ahead to the future. It’s been an exciting year, filled with milestones both big and small – from launching new products to getting your first promotion. And it’s not just you who has grown over this past year; we have too! We’re proud of everything you’ve accomplished so far, but what really excites us is where you can take our business next.

A happy hour celebrating 1 year on the job.

You’ve made it to the one year milestone! This is a time where you can stop and take stock of your accomplishments. You’ve grown so much in this past year, now let’s review some of the highlights: 1) Reduced food cost by 10% 2) Increased output by 8% 3) demonstrated awesome customer service 100% of the time.

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As we turn the page and embark on a new year, it’s time to reflect on what this past year has meant for you. You’ve accomplished so much in just 12 short months! From __________ to _________, your dedication and hard work have helped us succeed as a company. With our team growing stronger each day – now is not the time to rest on our laurels, but rather continue with the innovative ideas that will make us an even better company down.

As you’ve been with the company for 12 months, it’s time to celebrate everything you have done and look ahead to the future! This year has flown by much faster than I anticipated. It is easy to feel like each day goes by too quickly when we are all so busy. However, there are always moments that make up that time well spent. As a team member, here are some ways I hope our anniversary will inspire us in the upcoming year: (List a few items specific to the business).

One year ago today, you started here. Can you believe it? As we celebrate your achievements and look ahead to the future, let’s take a minute to reflect on what you’ve accomplished so far. You were one of our first employees, yet now you’re a team lead of the same department. You helped us launch a new product line! And just last week, you won an award for excellence in customer service. It’s been an amazing year – thank you for all your hard work and dedication. Can’t wait to see what you accomplish in year two.

It’s been 12 months since you’ve joined the company, and now is a time to reflect on what you have achieved. But it’s also an opportunity for looking forward, at all the opportunities that are still in front of us. As we embark on this next year together, I’m really excited about everything that lies ahead for you!

You have been with us for a year. It has been an incredible journey, full of ups and downs, but you have never wavered in your dedication to the company’s success. You are always willing to go that extra mile or spend even more hours at work when we need it most. As a token of our appreciation, I wanted to write you this note along with a gift card for $20 from Starbucks.

It’s your work anniversary! How exciting! This is a day to celebrate the time you have spent with your company and all of the success that has come from it. We at ABC Company want to take this opportunity to thank you for being such an integral part of our team. You are appreciated, respected, and admired by us all. Congratulations on completing one year in the workplace- we know it will be many more years to come!

Funny 1 Year Work Anniversary Message Examples 

  • I see a work one year old… Goochy, goochy goo.
  • One year down. Only 33 more years to go until retirement. Congratulations.
  • In the first year with the company you crawled. Now it’s time to stand up and walk toward success.
  • Each new hire is like a birth in our organization. I look forward to seeing how high you climb with the company.

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  • Take this job and do an incredible job? That’s exactly what you did.
  • You’ve attended more company happy hours than any other employee in their first year. No wonder people like you so much.
  • Happy work anniversary! It’s time to wine and dine you on the company dime.
  • I just realized that (insert date) is your work birthday. Happy work birthday to you!
  • I can’t wait for your work birthday cake to have 20 candles on it.

Motivation for your best employees.

1 Year Work Anniversary Quotes for Colleagues

Here are some professional quotes you can include in an email message to a coworker on their work anniversary. These quotes reflect on the value of hard work and dedication in the workplace.

  • One year together. The first of many more to come I hope. – Unknown
  • You made it. It’s your first year work anniversary. Time to celebrate. – Unkown
  • Either you run the day or the day runs you. – Jim Rohn
  • When we strive to become better than we are, everything around us becomes better too. – Paulo Coelho
  • Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work. – Thomas Edison
  • Ambition is the path to success. Persistence is the vehicle you arrive in. – Bill Bradley
  • Positivity, confidence, and persistence are key in life, so never give up on yourself. – Khalid
  • Success is not the absence of failure; it’s persistence through failure. – Aisha Tyler
  • Patience, persistence, and perspiration make an unbeatable combination for success. – Napoleon Hill
  • Without hard work, nothing grows but weeds. – Gordon B. Hinckley
  • Work harder than you think you did yesterday. – Alex Elle
  • Great things come from hard work and perseverance. No excuses. – Kobe Bryant
  • Men die of boredom, psychological conflict and disease. They do not die of hard work. – David Ogilvy
  • Work hard, have fun, make history. – Jeff Bezos
  • Year one is only the start. Not the finish line. – Unknown
  • Dream big, stay positive, work hard, and enjoy the journey. – Urijah Faber
  • I have a feeling that the best is still yet to come for you. – Unknown

Celebrate milestones with the whole team.

1 Year Work Anniversary Quotes for Myself

Looking for quotes that acknowledge your first year with a company? Here are some quotes that reflect on this moment. Use these quotes to motivate yourself to push even harder in year two.

  • Success doesn’t just land on your lap. You have to work, work, work, and work some more. – P Diddy
  • I came in to win you know. This is why I stay up late while other people are sleeping. – P Diddy
  • I’m a marathon runner. I’m not a sprinter. – P Diddy
  • Remind yourself, no body’s built like you. You design yourself. – Jay-Z
  • Life is too short to live the same day twice. So each new day make sure you live your life. – Machine Gun Kelly
  • If you’re scared to take chances, you’ll never get the answers. – Nas
  • On a mission, your worst enemy in life is idle time. – Nipsey Hussle
  • If you don’t know your full-throttle history, the whole story of how you come too where you are, it’s kind of hard to put things together. – Nipsey Hussle
  • Find your purpose or you’re wasting air. – Nipsey Hussle
  • Do or do not. There is no try. – Yoda
  • Do not whine… Do not complain. Work harder. Spend more time alone. – Joan Didion
  • Preparation for tomorrow is hard work today. – Bruce Lee
  • Striving for success without hard work is like trying to harvest where you haven’t planted. – David Bly
  • Nobody ever drowned in his own sweat. – Ann Landers
  • Nothing worth having comes easy. – Theodore Rosevelt
  • Figure out how to work smarter and harder next year. You’ll get to your destination eventually. – Unknown
  • You may need to make adjustments, but don’t ever quit. Keep pursuing your ultimate goals even if the path you take is different than you thought. – Unknown

Hitting one year at any organization is a significant milestone that should be recognized. For most employees, it’s important marker that represents when you’re no longer the new guy or gal in the organization. More often than not, a thoughtful note like the examples listed above will go farther to making an employee feel valued than anything else.

Whether you’re a manager or boss, make sure to build the recognition of the years of service by sending thoughtful and personalized notes to employees, especially the high-performers. These small gestures can improve job satisfaction and retain the best employees longer.

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